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[ARC Review] The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead

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Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Deb Loughead
Page count: 184 Pages
Format availability: e-Book
Publisher: Dundurn
Release date: March 7, 2017
Series / anthology / stand alone: Stand alone

Got my copy via Netgalley for an exchange of honest review! Thank you Dundurn!

20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908 Goodreads synopsis 20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908

First she blamed herself. Now she doesn’t know who to trust.

When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mistake, and wishes she could just forget about it — but Clem’s friend Ellie says she’ll expose Clem’s secret if she doesn’t play along with Ellie’s lies.

Jake seems to have his own difficult secrets, and when he and Clem start to talk, they make a plan to help themselves move on. But when an unexpected discovery at the quarry makes everyone question what they thought they knew, Clem and Jake decide it’s up to them to uncover the truth.

20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908 My thoughts 20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908

The story excites me when I first reading the synopsis. I totally driven what outcome happened to Clementine and Jake. I have a lot of questions in my mind that start exploring my brain cells while I’m reading the story and digging more on secrets and on the truth. I have a lot of unanswered questions in my mind while reading this and throughout the story, it give me reliefs for my questions that answered.

The pacing of the book is really fast. I know this story will dig more mysteries and secrets to bear but there are some part of the story that I didn’t like, especially Ellie that she’s been acting like a total boss around her and why does she gave too much attention to her. I just don’t get why she have to allow herself to be like that. I honestly like the blackmailing part but it ends like nothing effect to me at all after Ellie blackmailing her, it’s like a meh. Another thing is that, I didn’t get too attached to the story, I actually love the concept and even the title that’s why I totally caught me up, but there is something here that didn’t give me this exciting vibe and just finished with the book “Okaayyy….”

This story is well written and actually pretty good! I love mystery stories, especially with looking for answers and looking clues and secrets and this is one of them. But I get fed up quick and want it to finish so bad, I don’t to end it up like DNF because I’m still holding on the end of the book but I feel little disappointed that ended it like that.

20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908 About the Author 20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908

Deb Loughead, a Toronto author, poet and workshop leader, has been writing since she learned how to read. In fact, she’s saved everything she’s ever written, including her very first composition entitled “A Narrow Escape for a Mouse” which she often reads during her classroom visits! As of 2015, Deb has published over 35 books for children and Young Adults. She completed her B.A. in English at the University of Toronto in 1977, then worked as a copy editor until she decided to stay home to raise her three sons and squeeze in some creative writing on the side.


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